C o l i n M c M o r r a n
Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. (Carl Jung)
Transpersonal Counselling/Psychotherapy integrate the core elements and best practice of counselling with a combination of spiritual traditions from around the world. This framework can help a wide range of individuals, however some people may be more receptive to this type of therapy than others; for instance those who are open to new experiences and new ways of perceiving the world will often benefit more from transpersonal therapy.
In addition to my counselling service I'm now offering Personal Guidance
Transpersonal psychology is a sub-field or school of psychology that integrates the spiritual and transcendent aspects of the human experience within the framework of modern psychology. It is also possible to define it as a spiritual psychology. The transpersonal is defined as experiences in which the sense of identity or self extends beyond (trans) the individual or personal to encompass wider aspects of Being. It has also been defined as development beyond conventional personal or individual levels. Transpersonal psychology has made several contributions to the academic field and the studies of human development, consciousness, spirituality, psychotherapy and psychiatry.
As a transpersonal therapist the core aim of my therapy is to explore human growth and help people to discover a deep and more enduring essential self that exists beyond the conditioned ego. I’m here to work with anyone who wants to begin that journey into their own psyche and gain the self-awareness that will remove their fears and anxieties, allowing them freedom to realise their full potential and find peace.
My personal goal in life isn't to be happy but to be present - happiness seems to be an unintended but pleasant by-product of living in the present. I bring this present moment awareness into the therapy sessions - that's at the core of my therapeutic process. In my experience, the journey out of darkness is completed you come back to to yourself and see things anew. In the words of T.S Eliot: We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
Counselling or 'talking therapies' aim to bring about emotional relief, understanding and acceptance or resolution of emotional distress. Entering into therapy involves meeting with a counsellor on a regular basis in order to discuss the complexities and difficulties you are facing and to find solutions and regain good psychological health.
The approach is based on the idea that a client enters into a relationship with a counsellor where the client is allowed to freely express emotions and feelings. This enables the client to come to terms with the negative feelings that may have caused emotional problems and gain insight that allows them to develop the personal skills needed to manage those feelings. The objective is for the client to become able to see they have power and freedom to change.
Transpersonal therapy is not affiliated with any religion, so people of all different religions and spiritual paths can partake in this type of therapy. Its worth pointing out that there is no requirement to have a 'faith' in terms of the efficacy of transpersonal therapy, in my experience those with secular views and atheists can benefit just as much - I would make a clear distinction between Religion and Spirituality; I believe spiritual atheists are not uncommon.
Those who undergo transpersonal therapy hopefully gain a deeper understanding of who they are, their capacities, their blocks / triggers and their relationships, and will leave equipped with the skills to help them deal with these beyond therapy.
Aside from formal qualification, I draw upon decades of life experience involving the usual twists and turns and highs and lows. In the past, just like everyone else, I’ve been no stranger to regretting decisions and carrying that burden with the associated feelings of guilt, I also remember all too clearly the stomach churning dread and anxiety that comes with the fear of what tomorrow may bring. I've lost of a loved one, experienced a relationship breakdown, had a forced change of career and suffered financial difficulties, however, throughout those life lessons the constants were a passion for philosophy and psychology and a fascination with the human psyche.
As mentioned, I also work as a specialist Mental Health Student Mentor practicing online and, when times allow, on campus with University students who have been assessed as needing mental health support. I provide that support throughout their course of study, along with coaching and guidance. The aim being to enable each student to fulfil their potential, to enjoy their studies and to complete their course with the highest grades they are capable of. I find the work energising and fulfilling, its inspiring to work with students who, despite the adversities they have faced, still have the desire and strength of purpose to try and better themselves.
Personal and professional development
I've had the opportunity to further my knowledge and experience by completing training courses and research in such areas as: bereavement/grief, mindfulness, personality and its transformations, positive affirmations, limbic system/emotions, subconscious process, the inner child, cognitive processes and emotive triggers. My passion for mental health, psychology, psychotherapy and philosophy drives me to investigate the latest developments in areas concerned with the psyche; how it forms into our personalities and affects our behaviours. I'm fascinated by the transformative power of becoming more self-aware, something I have firsthand experience of.
Along with my private practice I have volunteered at a Hospice in Burnley working with the bereaved and pre-bereaved offering counselling to those who have lost a loved one or who are caring for someone with a life-limiting illness. Over the two years I was there it was a privilege to work with clients of all ages and backgrounds as they faced the harshest life situations. I found it rewarding and humbling to be allowed into their private worlds; each has a unique story and each in their own way showed how the human spirit has the potential to triumph over adversity.
Hi, I'm Colin a Transpersonal Therapist. I made the move to online counselling in 2020 due to the COVID-19 restrictions and am now working exclusively online. My clients are finding it very effective as well as convenient. I also work as a Specialist Mental Health Student Mentor and am an ACAS trained Workplace Mediator (OCR Accrediting body - 2009).
I hold a Level 4 Diploma in the Theory & Practice of Counselling (BACP accredited) and am a registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
Prerequisite: Level 2&3 Diplomas (1.5 yrs). Level 4 Diploma (2 yrs); seven units each covering theory, professional development and skills practice or peer supervision and personal development. Compulsory requirements: A minimum of 150 hours placement hours (100 hours counselling and 50 hours of workplace activity), One hour supervision for every eight hours of client work, 10 hours personal counselling and Two residential weekends.
As a BACP member, I am fully qualified, experienced and hold professional indemnity insurance and receive monthly counselling supervision
Colin McMorran ...
We all have the opportunity to explore what it is to be human by looking within - life happens out there, however its how we respond to what happens that ultimately defines us.
"The Therapist is a pathway to self-actualisation"
What going to a therapist is really like.
I hope Russell Brand isn't upset at me appropriating this excellent video where he gives a personal perspective on therapy. I believe he manages to capture the essence of effective counselling.
I am offering online therapy for a range of issues including anxiety, depression, financial worries, fear of the future, bereavement, life transitions, self esteem, emotional disturbance, complex trauma, relationship issues, etc. This is just an overview of my services.
I've introduced a new service, which differs from Counselling. Follow the link to find out more: Personal Guidance
Length of counselling will depend upon the nature of the issues presented, however I find that long-term therapy gives the best results.
I keep my private client list small, which allows me the luxury of focusing my energies and skills more intensely both during and between sessions.
Sessions are 60 minutes are online and typically take place once a week.